The Dry Tortugas sat smack in the middle of trade routes from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic, and because of the shallow coral reefs, they were the cause of many a shipwreck. Those reefs and wrecks make this one of the most diverse dive sites in America.
The best dive -- and the most popular -- is the wreck of the Windjammer, an iron-hulled ship that wrecked off Loggerhead Key in 1901. For reef diving, Pulaski Shoals is the easiest dive with the most diversity. It’s a series of reef heads with remains of multiple wrecks, and schools of fish that feed off the coral. And because this park is so remote, all of it is in far better shape than you’ll find elsewhere in Florida.
Of course, this kind of remote beauty comes with a price. And in this case that price is an overnight live-aboard dive trip, which can run upwards of $2,000. Because day trips to Dry Tortugas don’t leave enough time to dive, your only option is to book a trip through a Key West dive shop. And none offer day trips. The overnights aren’t cheap, but for a dive enthusiast it’s worth treating yourself.